The Grand National and Aintree 1960-1969


1964 - Team Spirits year


Leading Fancies 

It was the most open National for years with for the only time ever, four horses sharing co-favouritism with another five just a point behind. Of the co-favourites, the grey Irish trained FLYING WILD seemed the ideal National sort, a two and a half mile specialist victorious in the Stones Ginger Wine Chase at Sandown and second in the Massey Ferguson Gold Cup at Cheltenham. The Queen Mother sent her first National runner since Devon Loch eight years before and there were very high hopes for her Aintree debutant LAFFY who had twice won at Lingfield. PAPPAGENO`S COTTAGE had been an early faller in the Mill House`s Hennessy but had won perhaps the most recognised National Trial at the time, the four mile Fred Withington Chase at Cheltenhams  New Year meeting. TIME had finished third in another recognised National trial, the MIldmay Memorial and won the Forbra Gold Cup at Warwick.  What did all the four co-favourites have in common ? They  were all making their Aintree debut. Of the five on 100-6 1962 hero KILMORE had won two of this three starts this season at Fontwell and Windsor but at fourteen , time was against him. PURPLE SILK had won at small races at Nottingham, Wetherby and Leicester. SPRINGBOK, favourite twelve months ago had won at Haydock (but fallen in the Eider Chase), BEAU NORMAND,  who combined racing over hurdles and fences had won a hurdle at Cheltenham in January and two chases at Wincanton and Nottingham respectively whilst BORDER FLIGHT, sporting the famous Courage colours had won over the Mildmay fences in December. It was a very, very open renewal.

The Field 

THE GRAND NATIONAL STEEPLECHASE (80 entries), £20,380 to the winner, £2,765 to the second, £1,295 to the third and £647 to the fourth  

 1-3103 PAS SEUL  11, 12-0 R.Turnell D V Dick 
 2  -121fFLYING WILD  8, 11-3 D L Moore - IRE D.Mould 
 3  -0f010PAPPAGENO`S COTTAGE  9, 11-0 J.Oliver P.Taaffe 
 4  -401f3SPRINGBOK  10, 10-11 N.Crump G.Scott 
 5   123112BEAU NORMAND  8, 10-0 R.Turnell J.King 
 6  -4121LAFFY  8, 10-8 P.Cazalet W.Rees 
 9  -fp0AYALA  10, 10-7 K.Piggott D.Nicholson 
10  -112KILMORE  14, 10-7 L.DaleF.Winter 
11  -1304L`EMPEREUR  10, 10-5 P.Peraldi - FR J.Daumas 
12  -0f1BORDER FLIGHT  9, 10-3 E.Courage P A Farrell 
13 -214220JOHN O`GROATS  10, 10-3 L.Dale P.Kellaway 
14 -231420 TEAM SPIRIT  12, 10-3 F T Walwyn G W Robinson 
15   21fr11PURPLE SILK  9, 10-4 G.Vergette J.Kenneally 
16  -33ETERNAL  13, 10-2 R F Palmer Mr S Davenport 
17   4f3303PEACETOWN  10, 10-1 G R Owen R.Edwards 
18 -pp0210OUT AND ABOUT  9, 10-1 K.Cundell B.Gregory 
19   f101f4RED THORN  8, 10-3 T F Rimell T W Biddlecombe 
21   21f142SUPERSWEET  7, 10-1* W A Stephenson P.Broderick 
22  -fu23SEA KNIGHT  9, 11-0* W A Stephenson Mr P Nicholson 
23  -42PONTIN-GO  12, 10-0 W.Marshall P.Jones 
24 -141u31 LIZAWAKE  11, 10-4* P.Moore H R Beasley 
25   144f01DANCING RAIN  9, 10-0 P.Upton O.McNally 
26 -32223CENTRE CIRCLE  9, 10-0 D.Ancil J.Haine 
27  202303BAXIER  8, 10-0 A S O`Brien - IRE Mr W McLernon 
28  331104APRIL ROSE  9, 10-0 A.Kilpatrick E P Harty 
29  -0401CLAYMORE  11, 10-0 C H Davies Mr C Davies 
30 -032230REPRIEVED  11, 10-0 P.Ransom P.Harvey 
31   443023CROBEG  11, 10-4* P R Stringer Mr J Lawrence 
33  -03u1TIME  9, 10-4 W.Stephenson M.Scudamore 
34  -210REPRODUCTION  11, 10-0 G R Owen R.Langley 
35  300440MERGANSER  11, 10-0 D.Ancil J.Lehane 
36  031342GALE FORCE X  7, 10-0 D L Moore - IRE R.Coonan 
37  440104GROOMSMAN  9, 10-0 D.Keating - IRE F.Shortt 

S P : 100-7 Flying Wild, Laffy, Pappageno`s Cottage, Time, 100-6 Beau Normand, Border Flight, Kilmore, Purple Silk, Springbok, 18-1 Lizawake, Team Spirit, 22-Aintree debutants1 April Rose, John O`Groats, Pas Seul, 33-1 Ayaala, Out and About, Red Thorn, 40-1 Baxier, Centre Circle, L`Empereur, Peacetown, Supersweet, 50-1 Claymore, Crobeg, Gale Force X, 66-1 Dancing Rain, Eternal, Groomsman, Merganser, Reprieved, Reproduction, Pontin-Go, Sea Knight  The Field 

 Aintree debutants

Baxier, Beau Normand*, Centre Circle*, Crobeg, Flying Wild, Gale Force X, Groomsman, John O`Groats*, Laffy*, L`Empereur, Pappageno`s Cottage*, Pas Seul*, Purple Silk, Red Thorn, Reproduction, Supersweet, Time.

 Winners at Aintree

AYALA 1965 Grand National 
ETERNAL 1962 Grand Sefton 
KILMORE 1962 Grand National 
LIZAWAKE 1963 Becher Chase 
TEAM SPIRIT 1963 Grand Sefton 


 1stTEAM SPIRIT  Willie Robinson 
 2ndPURPLE SILK Johnny Kenneally 
 3rdPEACETOWN Roy Edwards 
 4thETERNALMr Steve Davenport 
 5thPONTIN-GO P.Jones 
 6thSPRINGBOK Gerry Scott 
 7thAPRIL ROSE Eddie Harty 
 8thBAXIER Mr W McLernon 
 9thCROBEG Mr John Lawrence 
 11thJOHN O`GROATSPaul Kellaway 
 12thSUPERSWEET Paddy Broderick 
 13thCLAYMORE Mr Colin Davies 
 14thOUT AND ABOUT B.Gregory 
 15thSEA KNIGHT Mr P Nicholson 

33 ran. Distances : Half a length & six lengths. Time : 9 minutes 46 4/5 seconds

Owned by John K Goodman, Ron Woodard & Gamble North. Trained by Fulke Walwyn at Lambourn. 

The winner

Winning the National at his fifth attempt, the twelve year old Team Spirit had earned his honourable retirement which was spent in the United States with his owners. 

1965 - Jay Trumps year


On 1st July 1964, staff at Aintree racecourse were surprised to be granted an impromtu afternoon off. The course cleared of her loyal servants, Mrs Topham assembled the nations press to deliver her shock news that she had reached agreement with property developers Capital and Counties for the sale of the racecourse. Like Birmingham, Hurst Park and Manchester, Aintree would be consigned to turf history and be re-developed for housing purposes. The racing world reeled with shock at the prospect that the 1965 National would be the last to be held at Aintree. As a result, with the prospect of one last attempt to land the National over Aintrees unique fences there was a bumper entry and a massive forty seven horses went to  post for the "last National. It was a good line-up. Favourite was the Scottish trained FREDDIE, short head winner over VULTRIX in the Mildmay Memorial Chase at Sandown. A winner also this season at Kelso he had other rivals THE RIP and KAPENO behind him at Sandown. The Queen Mothers THE RIP was next best at 9-1. A top class chaser, he had won twice at Kempton including the Coventry Chase and had finished a very respectable third behind Arkle in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup earlier in the season. RONDETTO, like all the leading six in the market was making his Aintree debut. He had won two valuable handicaps, the Stones Ginger Wine Chase at Sandown and had beaten a competitive field in the National Hunt Handicap Chase at he Cheltenham Festival. KAPENO had been an early faller in that race but had finished fifth in the Mildmay Memorial and had also won at Windsor in March. A very interesting runner was the American JAY TRUMP, the dual winner of Americas most prestigious timber race, the Maryland Hunt Cup. He had been sent over to the UK for an assault on the National and was in the hands of first season trainer Fred Winter. Winning at Windsor, Newbury and Sandown he had also finished a distant second in the King George VI Chase.  VULTRIX, a faller at Cheltenham but a close second in the Mildmay and a winner at Nottingham in Febriary also came in for support.  It couldn`t really be the last National...could it ?

 The Field

 The Grand National Steeplechase (112 entries), £22,491 to the winner, 2nd : £2,508, 3rd : £1,254, 4th : £627

 202-4211 FREDDIE  8, 11-10 R.Tweedie P.McCarron 
 4 1-01211RONDETTO  9, 11-6 R.Turnell J.King 
 5    11210JAY TRUMP  8, 11-5 F T Winter Mr T C Smith 
 6 -233311THE RIP  10, 11-5 P.Cazalet W.Rees 
 7 31142-4 MR JONES  10, 11-5* W A Stephenson Mr C D Collins 
 8 -0p021f VULTRIX  7, 11-1 F.Cundell D.Nicholson 
 9 1/201-14FORGOTTEN DREAMS  11, 11-0 A.Thomas R.Coonan 
10 13-0432 LOVING RECORD  11, 11-0 T.Taaffe - IRE B.Hannon 
11    24f1f3 PEACETOWN  11, 11-0 G R Owen P.Pickford 
13 -41302fKAPENO  8, 11-6* P.Cazalet D V Dick 
15  p/fof-0pAYALA  11, 10-13 K.Piggott S.Mellor 
16 -123003BARLEYCROFT  10, 10-13 S.Palmer P.Harvey 
17  031f-00 LIZAWAKE  12, 10-13 B.Marshall Mr G Hartigan 
18 -102040BROWN DIAMOND  10, 10-13 P.Murphy - IRE Mr W McLernon 
19 -200122 TANT PIS  10, 10-13 J.Alder Mr J Alder 
21  f-03400TIME  10, 10-13 H.Nicholson Mr B Scott 
22 -241142 PHEBU  8, 10-13 A W Jones J.Morrissey 
23 000-pp0 DARK VENETIAN  10, 10-13 D.Barons J.Renfree 
24 -02214f RED TIDE  8, 10-13 R.Turnell J.Haine 
25 -322201 RUBY GLEN  10, 10-13 G R Owen S.Davenport 
26 0-00000 COLEEN STAR  11, 10-13   D.Charlesworth J.Leech 
27  3-044f0 RAINBOW BATTLE  9, 10-13 C.Berwicke G.Milburn 
29  442010 PONTIN-GO  13, 10-13 W.Marshall J.Lehane 
30 -400003L`EMPEREUR  11, 10-13 J O`Donoghue Mr J Ciechanowski 
31 11-033uCULLEENHOUSE  11, 10-13 T F Rimell T W Biddlecombe 
32 21-1012LEEDSY  7, 10-13 K.Piggott G W Robinson 
34  10f100RONALDS BOY  8, 11-1* W A Stephenson Mr G Kindersley 
35 -234403APRIL ROSE  10, 10-13 A.Kilpatrick Maj P Bengough 
360-02230 BALLYGOWAN  11, 10-13 J.Brogan - IRE A.Redmond 
37 103-000 BOLD BIRI  9, 10-13 W.Stephenson M.Scudamore 
38  f1-0004 REPRODUCTION  12, 10-13 G R Owen R.Langley 
39 3-fppf0 SIZZLE-ON  9, 10-13 I.Jordan P.Hurley 
40 20-1000LESLIE  9, 10-13 A.Kilpatrick P.Jones 
42  121332 SWORD FLASH  12, 10-13 H T Smith T.Ryan 
43 1-31100VULCANO  7, 10-13 H R Price T.Carberry 
45 -320004GROOMSMAN  10, 10-13 C.Chute - IRE Duke of Alberquerqe 
46  -3f0044 MOYRATH  12, 10-13 T.Finch B.Richmond 
47  -f3f223 QUINTIN BAY  9, 10-13 A.Brabazon - IRE P.Taaffe 
48  -4pf00uSOLONACE  14, 10-13 W.Clay R W Jones 
49 4-42p13FEARLESS CAVALIER  14, 10-13 J.Hooton R.West 
50 -200400 BLONDE WARRIOR  13, 10-13 J.Dodd Mr D Crossley-Cooke 
51 -240123 CUTLETTE  8, 10-13 P.Hannon M.Roberts 
52 p210-p0NEDSMAR  11, 10-13 R.Graham J.Hudson 
53 -42220p MR McTAFFY  13, 10-13 A.Bacon T.Jackson 
54 -4r0303BLACK SPOT  8, 10-13 W.Marshall J.Gamble 
55 -000014 CROBEG  12, 10-13 P R Stringer Mr M C Gifford 
56 20-0130 FRENCH COTTAGE  13, 10-13 W.Tellwright Mr W Tellwright 

SP : 7-2 Freddie, 9-1 The Rip, 100-8 Kapeno, Rondetto, 100-6 JAY TRUMP, Vultrix, 18-1 Leedsy, 22-1 Forgotten Dreams, 25-1 Culleenhouse, Peacetown, Quintin Bay, 33-1 Leslie, Loving Record, Phebu, Red Tide, Ruby Glen, 40-1 Reproduction, Tant Pis, Time, 50-1 Ayala, Brown Diamond, Cutlette, Mr Jones, Pontin-Go, Rainbow Battle, Vulcano, 66-1 Ballygowan, 100-1 April Rose, Barleycroft, Black Spot, Blonde Warrior, Bold Biri, Coleen Star, Crobeg, Dark Venetian, Fearless Cavalier, French Cottage, Groomsman, Leedsy, L`Empereur, Lizawake, Moyrath, Mr McTaffy, Nedsmar, Quintin Bay, Solonace, Sword Flash 

 Aintree Debutants

Ballygowan*, Bold Biri, Brown Diamond, Coleen Star*, Culleenhouse*, Cutlette*, Fearless Cavalier*, Forgotten Dreams*, French Cottage, Jay Trump*, Kapeno, Leedsy, Mr McTaffy*, Nedsmar*,Rainbow Battle*, Ronald`s Boy, Rondetto, Sword Flash*, Tant Pis*, The Rip*, Vultrix 

Winners at Aintree

AYALA 1963 Grand National 
LESLIE 1964 Molyneux Chase 
LIZAWAKE 1963 Becher Chase 
MR JONES 1962 Becher Chase 
RED TIDE 1964 Topham Trophy 


 1stJAY TRUMP Mr Tommy Crompton Smith 
 2ndFREDDIE Pat McCarron 
 3rdMR JONES Mr Chris Collins 
 5thVULTRIX David Nicholson 
 6thL`EMPEREUR Mr Jon Ciechanowski 
 7thTHE RIP Bill Rees 
 9thTANT PIS Mr John Alder 
 10thBROWN DIAMOND Mr W McLernon 
 11thAPRIL ROSE Maj Piers Bengough 
 12thCULLEENHOUSE Terry Biddlecombe 
 13thPEACETOWN Peter Pickford 
 14thMOYRATH B.Richmond 

47 ran. Time : 9 minutes, 30 3/5 seconds. Distances : Three quarters of a length & twenty lengths

Owned by Mrs M.Stephenson. Trained by Fred Winter in Lambourn 

 The winner

Job done, JAY TRUMP had one final race for Winter when he was sent over to France to contest their most famous steeplechase, the Grand Steeplechase de Paris. Leading at the last  he weakened in the closing stages finishing third behind the French superstar Hyeres III.  Returning to the USA he won a third Maryland Hunt Cup in 1966 and was promptly retired at the relatively early age of nine. Tommy Smith ultimately gave up racing and went into a career in education. JAY TRUMP spent the rest of his days hunting with his owner in Ohio. Inducted into the American Steeplechasing Hall of Fame he died in 1988.

Did You Know

The first three riders home were all making their National debuts.